Want. This might as well be the word tattooed on humanity’s heart. We are a people that desire. For each of us it is different; some want money, some want stuff, some want sex. We pursue these things because we think they will satisfy us. What is interesting is that none of these things produce what they promise. Instead they produce more want. These things never fulfill; they never satisfy. We are always thirsty for more; and therefore we continue down the rabbit hole.
Why are we this way? Why do 7 billion people have the same impulse? The answer is because we are cast from the same mold. The God of this Universe created humanity to love and be loved. However the source and the object of this love was not intended to be things of this world. It was intended to the Maker of the world.
Logically, this makes sense. Why would God create us to love something other than Him? Think about it this way, how many people have children so that their children will love another kid's parents? Nobody. In fact, it breaks our hearts when our kids say things like, “I wish I had Johnny's parents.” God is the same. He created us to be his children, and Him our Father.
He is what our souls desire, what our souls longs for. However, humanity is by default blind to this reality. This truth is suppressed. We have been deceived and therefore wander around in darkness like lost sheep looking for green pastures amongst the rocks and cliffs of this world. That is until we hear the voice of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Listen to what Jesus says in John 10
- “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice…I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ” – John 10:3-4, 9-11
When Christ calls and we respond, everything changes. We find what we have been looking for, “pastures.” At this point it makes no sense to eat amongst the rocks, when pastures await us. Therefore, our pursuits of the things of this world cease. We stop wanting, because we have found fulfillment. This is why the most familiar psalm starts the way it does, ““The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” When God lays out a feast before us, it makes no sense to continue to eat out of garbage cans.
In Matthew 13:44, Jesus explains this reality by saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Why does he sell all he has? Because he doesn't want it. He wants the treasure. Letting go of everything else is not hard, it is filled with joy. This is the treasure that he has been looking for and has finally found in Jesus.
Jesus says the same thing to the women at the well in John 4:13-14, “Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The water of this world will not satisfy. The water of Christ will.
The question is, are you tired of being unsatisfied? Are you tired of looking for grass amongst rocks? Are you tired of wanting, wanting, wanting? If so, stop looking in the world, and look to the Lord. Accept Christ as the Shepherd of our heart, and never thirst again.